Typically you won’t have to paint your interior too often
but when it’s time for a new paint job, you just know. If it’s done
right, it should last. You might think that painting the interior of your home just consists of buying the best warrantied paint available and applying multiple coats.
In all honesty, the success of your paint job can depend
greatly on how well your surface is prepped. More than half the time,
premature painting issues stem from incorrect surface preparation. MikeL Painting, your Naples, FL interior painting experts, wants to help you avoid this issue. Let us use our expertise
to tell you why surface preparation should be done and how to do it.
What is surface prep?
Surface preparation is just what it sounds like. It’s preparing a surface for painting.
Surface prep is cleaning your surface. It is scraping, repairing and
sanding your surface. It is also applying a quality primer. As simple as
it sounds, it isn’t.
The cleanup consists of removing built up dirt, grease,
mildew and everything else from the area. This may not always be easily
seen or easily cleaned. Old paint and uneven edges must be scraped away.
Cracks and holes need to be filled and then the entire surface sanded
to form an even and smooth surface. Primer must be chosen that works
best with the material and evenly applied.
It is a job that can be time-consuming as well as difficult. Many home-owners just don’t know how to do it, so they don’t.
Underestimating the importance of surface prep is a bad
idea. This is one of the most important steps for your interior painting
job. Whether the surface to be prepped is fresh and new or old and
previously painted, your surface preparation job is the key to making both versions perfect for your home.
Why should I prep my surface?
So now you know what surface prep is, but you’re probably
wondering why you should do it. There are four in particular that we’d
like to tell you about. So, why should you prep your surface? Simple:
Paint adhesion is one of the biggest concerns when it comes
to interior painting. This is the number one reason surface preparation
is so important. Surface preparation gives you a surface that is clean, repaired and durable- the best foundation to bond with your paint.
If your surface isn’t clean, chances are the paint won’t
last very long. Paint won’t bond with grease, oil, chemicals and dirt.
Even residual water or materials from cleaning can compromise your
paint. And it will flake right off when attached to old, lingering paint
chips. If it’s just going to come right back off, why paint it in the
Surface and Stain Sealing
Surfaces that are primed and sealed will have an even
appearance that may not have been there before. This will help the area
to be painted to have a more even absorption rate, allowing your paint
to dry with a more uniformed appearance. This helps the color and sheen
of your paint to come through more easily. If an area is not well
primed, your area may not look the way that you wanted it to.
Additionally, surfaces that have to be stained should be sealed so they don’t damage the fresh paint.
Durability and Investment
All of these reasons help make your paint more durable. It
bears repeating here that well prepared surfaces extend the life of your
paint. This can be a money saver. Quality house paint can be expensive.
If the job is done right the first time, and done to last, that’s less
money you have to spend on paint. It’s also less time, and less
Lastly, the aesthetics! It goes without saying that the best
looking paint job is the one that has been the best prepared. Once the
paint has dried, poorly done repairs and uneven surfaces are very
Surface Prep — a necessary action!
As you can see, for your Naples interior painting job, surface preparation can make it or break it. Making sure it’s done properly can help to
ensure that your invested time and money are worth it, that your paint
job will last as long as it’s supposed to.
Skimping out on it because you don’t know about it or
because it’s cheaper not to do it will cause you more problems in the
long run. Buying the most expensive paint and using the newest
techniques can’t save you from a necessary but skipped surface
MikeL Painting is the place to go to get
your surface prep job started off right. We’ll see to every minute
detail of the preparation and then continue on to give you the paint
adhesion job of your dreams. We have the knowledge and experience that
We offer free estimates! To get your free estimate or if you want to learn more about our Naples, FL interior painters, contact us here or call us today at 239.963.7937.